Watching The River Flow

river irrigation

Earlier this week, Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) authorities opened up the gates of Elephant Butte Dam, officially kicking off the 2017 irrigation season. While regulated to a trickle throughout the winter months, the river basin just below the dam was clearly bank full and running steady early Tuesday morning, March 7. In this perennial process, BOR officials move water from Elephant Butte reservoir to Caballo Lake, where it is temporarily held, before being distributed to satisfy agricultural needs in southern New Mexico, West Texas and Mexico.

Unveiling 100 Years Of Service


Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) authorities brought a month of special events to a close Wednesday, October 19, with a formal ceremony honoring the 100th anniversary of the Elephant Butte Dam.
Dignitaries on hand for the gathering included keynote speaker BOR Deputy Commissioner for Operations David Palumbo, New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez, Congressman Steve Pearce, as well as Energy and Natural Resources Department Cabinet Secretary Tony Delfin and a host of BOR authorities from Sierra County and across the state.